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The 15 countries with the worst organised crime problems in the world

The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently published its annual Global Competitiveness Report, which looks at dozens of measures of economic and institutional health to compile a ranking of countries.

One of the subcategories used by the WEF is the prevalence of organised crime — listed under the “security” index. Extortion, racketeering, theft, violence, and property damage are all factors that could hold back a country’s development.

We took a look at the worst performers on the list. The majority of countries with the worst gang problems are in south and central America but there is one European country that makes the list.

Each country is given a score from 1 to 7 indicating how bad the problem is. 1 indicates that it’s a big problem that imposes huge costs; 7 means no problem at all.

Here are the fifteen countries with the worst gang problems:

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Miss Venezuela Bears Uncanny Resemblance to Kim Kardashian

The new Miss Venezuela Sthefany GutiĂ©rrez, 18, bears a striking resemblance to Kim Kardashian with her seductive dark eyes and long, shiny black locks — and fans are taking note on social media. One called GutiĂ©rrez “the Latin Kim Kardashian.” Another wrote: “They look 100 percent alike.”

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Venezuela just defaulted, moving deeper into crisis

Venezuela, a nation spiraling into a humanitarian crisis, has missed a debt payment. It could soon face grim consequences.

The South American country defaulted on its debt, according to a statement issued Monday night by S&P Global Ratings. The agency said the 30-day grace period had expired for a payment that was due in October.

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Iceland Blocks Shipment of Venezuela-bound Tear Gas

The Icelandic Ministry of Transport and Local Government has denied the European Transport Agency‘s request for permission to transport anti-riot gear to Venezuela, mbl.is reports.

The gear in question consists of 16 tons of tear gas from China. The Ministry couldn‘t accept the transfer due to areas in Venezuela not respecting human rights.

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Goldman Sachs admits it bought Venezuelan bonds

Goldman Sachs admitted it bought Venezuelan bonds after getting accused by the country’s opposition of trying to “make a quick buck off the suffering of the Venezuelan people.”

The president of Venezuela’s opposition-led Congress blasted Goldman for financing “dictatorship” under President Nicholas Maduro after Goldman bought $2.8 billion in bonds issued by state oil company PDVSA at a steep discount.

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RANKED: The world’s national debts, from safest to most risky

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Bank of America’s Transforming World Atlas has loads of lovely infographics in it, but one of the most colourful is a map of the world’s riskiest sovereign debt.

The map uses the prices of credit default swaps, which are derivatives that pay out if a borrower defaults.

Sovereign credit default swaps have been used as a type of insurance against sovereign governments not paying back the money they owe. Like any insurance product, the more expensive it is the more likely the event you’re insuring against will happen soon.

Venezuelan debt is by far the most risky, costing twice as much as Greek or Ukrainian debt to insure.

The graphic also shows just how far Spain and Ireland have come. The market thinks their debt is pretty risk free, with lower CDS spreads than Italy or Portugal. The Spanish economy is going through a bit of a revival after suffering a devastating housing crash and unemployment crisis.

Eco-Cabañas en Venezuela / Kristofer Nonn

Arquitectos: Kristofer Nonn
Ubicación: Santa Elena, Venezuela
Área: 17.0 m2
Año Proyecto: 2007
Fotografías: Nick Brown / Open Architecture Network

Costo: $500 USD (No específicado)
Cliente: Peace Villages Foundation
Usuarios: Voluntarios y trabajadores de Peace Villages Foundation
Capacidad: 2 Personas

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En al año 2007, Kristofer Nonn y su señora, Helen, se embarcaron en un viaje a través deIdealist.org para enseñar y construir en la localidad venezolana de Santa Elena. Después de revisar las chozas de hojalata donde vive la mayoría de la población, Nonn consideró que había que hacer pequeñas mejoras en la forma en que se estas se construyen, logrando hacer grandes diferencias con poco esfuerzo.

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Usando la misma madera local, hojalatas y hormigĂłn, las Eco-Cabañas tienen varias caracterĂ­sticas de diseño sostenible. Primero, son levantadas del suelo para evitar el contacto con el suelo hĂșmedo, evitando la infestaciĂłn de termitas, y promoviendo el enfriamiento.

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Una de ellas estå revestida de tejas de tipo Tung y la otra en una combinación de hormigón y botellas de vidrio de desecho, encontradas en los bordes de las carreteras.

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Las puertas se abren a la brisa y las vistas hacia el valle en orientaciĂłn norte-sur y los techos capturan las brisas y el agua de la lluvia. El mobiliario estĂĄ integrado en el marco de la pared, reduciendo al mĂ­nimo la cantidad de material requerido.

Plantas

El consumo de energía es sólo un par de bombillas de luz en cada cabaña. Nonn espera que sus edificios inspiren nuevas y mejores formas de construir en la región, de forma mås respetuosa con el medio ambiente de Santa Elena.

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